Wood Floor Installation
Not only do we sell but we also install all types and major brands of wood flooring. This includes solid wood flooring and laminated flooring.
Wood flooring is not a short-term investment. According to the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) and residential real estate agents, homes with wood floors hold their value better, sell faster, and fetch higher prices. Our wood flooring specialists are some of the best craftsmen in the industry. They will service you with the experience and attention that wood flooring installation requires.
Hardwood floors are an investment that will last for a long time with the proper installation and care. There are different modes of installation for engineered wood strips, solid wood strips, and parquet. With all modes of installation moisture testing is imperative to ensure proper installation. Installation can be a painstaking process but we take pride in leaving your home looking as beautiful as we found it. Our expert technicians have seen every situation and are proficient in the three different types of installation for hardwood flooring.
Nail Down/Staple Installation
In this method we nail down or staple solid or engineered wood strips to the subflooring (usually either plywood or plank wood). The floor is arranged with random length strips. A few strips are placed down and organized prior to fastening to ensure proper placement and tautness.
Glue Down Installation
In this method we glue down engineered wood strips or parquet directly to the subfloor. In most cases the subfloor is usually concrete so we pay extra attention to moisture. With glue down installations it is important to consider any kind of allergies and sensitivities to smell. We use acrylic based glue which is milder than most other options. Glue down installation can be walked on the next day and furniture can also be moved in.
In this method we glue together the tongue and groove of every plank and the floor floats over foam cushioned padding. If the flooring has a locking system we can lock the pieces together without glue. Floating installation can be used with either laminate or engineered wood flooring, but either way the flooring is pre-finished.
Not all engineered surfaces can be floated. Floating installation can also be placed over a subfloor of questionable quality unlike the other two modes. Also, floating floors are a great option if you have multiple layers of flooring and do not want to remove them all. When thinking about the floating installation it is important to consider the wear layer. The thicker the wear layer is the more times it can be refinished.
Generally, laminate flooring gives a hollow feeling underfoot with this mode of installation. Remember that floating floors expand and contract as a unit because the pieces of fused together. Allow for as much expansion area as possible.